PSR Kansas City Leads Coalition Effort to put Nuclear Weapons on the Ballot
November 16, 2011
once again collected in the range of 5,000 signatures from Kansas City
Missouri residents, this time on two separate initiative petitions, PSR
KC and KC Peace Planters turned in both sets of petitions to the City
Clerk at 10 am on Monday, November 14, 2011.
is a short summary of each initiative, and below that is the precise
legal language. We listened carefully to objections raised by council
members in our previous effort, and we believe these are strengthened
and will more clearly stand up in litigation, if necessary.
Summary, Petition 1: Removal of City financial involvement in production of nuclear weapons components
1. Kansas City won’t make any more contracts for parts for nuclear weapons or finance their production in the future.
2. Kansas City will divest itself of the municipal bonds for nuclear weapons parts, to the extent allowed by law.
3. No local agency will own the plant.
4. If the court knocks down any provision, that provision can be cut off and the rest remain.
Summary, Petition 2: Safeguarding jobs with contingency plans for nuclear weapons facilities
The City will make detailed contingency plans for converting nuclear
weapons plants in case they’re no longer utilized for that purpose.
2. Renewable energy production is an option to be considered.
3. The plans will be updated annually.
4. The plans will be available for public comment.
Legal Wording, Petition 1:
Removal of City financial involvement in production of nuclear weapons components
The City of Kansas City, Missouri (“the City”) shall not enter into any
future contracts whereby it will be directly financially involved in
any facilities that produce or procure components for, assemble, or
refurbish nuclear weapons except for outside infrastructure improvements
customarily provided by cities. The City is also barred from funding or
subsidizing such a facility through taxes, bonds, loans, tax credits,
credit, or any other financial scheme or mechanism.
The City shall use all means consistent with law and existing
contractual obligations to divest itself as soon as reasonably feasible
of current municipal bonds which finance or subsidize any facility which
produces or procures any parts for, assembles, or refurbishes nuclear
From the effective date of this ordinance, no municipal agency, nor any
body or entity controlled or appointed by the City, is authorized to
own or lease any facilities involved in nuclear weapons production or
procurement, assembly, or refurbishing.
The provisions of this Ordinance are severable. If any court of
competent jurisdiction decides that any section, clause, sentence, part,
or provision of this Ordinance is illegal, invalid, or
unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect, impair, or invalidate
any of the remaining sections, clauses, sentences, parts, or provisions
of the Ordinance.
Legal Wording, Petition 2:
Safeguarding jobs with contingency plans for nuclear weapons facilities
The City of Kansas City, Missouri (“the City”) shall provide for the
professional preparation of at least one economic conversion plan at any
nuclear-weapons components production and procurement facilities within
its boundaries, whether well-established or being built for the
purpose, for the contingency that the federal government exercises its
established contractual option of vacating the premises, or fails to
make appropriations for the continued use of the facility, or that such
facilities become abandoned or under-utilized. Such plans will include
technical specifications, financial calculations, and provisions for any
necessary program for retraining workers to the skills required at the
converted facility, so that potential developers can be contacted
quickly and will have adequate information to find the proposal
attractive to their interests.
Production of new environmentally sound energy or other environmental
technologies which will benefit the residents of the municipality and
surrounding areas should be considered as an option for these
The plan or plans are to be reviewed and updated annually until such
time as the facility has been successfully converted to other uses or
appropriate contracts are in place to do so.
4) The plan or plans are to be made available for public inspection, allowing for public comment for improvement.